No. 51
Downing Street
2 August 1865
Sir,
I have received and laid before The Queen the Ordinances passed by the Legislature of British Columbia, which are enumerated in the annexed Schedule; and I am Commanded to inform you that Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to sanction and confirm them.
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I take this opportunity of stating that although I consider the Ordinance No. 16 a very proper Enactment, I doubt whether the 4th Clause will effect all that is intended by the Legislature. It will no doubt facilitate the collection of evidence for a conV.C.I.n under the 6th Clause. But considering the strictness with which penal Laws are construed, it would probably not aid a Justice in conV.C.I.g a person of "selling, bartering or giving" intoxicating liquors under Section 1, inasmuch as the fact of being in anIndianManuscript image Indian's tent with spirits is not made evidence of having given them, but only of an intention to give, which intention is not punishable by the Ordinance.
I also have some difficulty in understanding clearly the effect of the 7th Clause of the Ordinance No. 13, "Imposing a Duty on gold." There seems to be some typographical error in it.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell

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Schedule of Acts confirmed for 1865.
Cardwell, Edward to Seymour, Frederick 2 August 1865, NAC RG7:G8C/12, 235. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B657051.html.

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